Rolle Pass Hiking Trip Mapped Out! Capture the Pala Group Glitter in a Mountain Lake

Rolle Pass Hiking Trip Mapped Out! Capture the Pala Group Glitter in a Mountain Lake at Baita Segantini

Rolle Pass, which binds the Fiemme and Primiero valleys together, paves the way for hikers and nature-loving photographers who seek soul-healing sights and memorable “Kodak moments”. Enjoy this hike from Passo Rolle to Baita Segantini and see the most impressive landscape location of the region San Martino.

The peak of the Pala Group rises impressively into the sky and glitters in a mountain lake, and provides such visual pleasure. The small mountain lake at the Baita Segantini is considered a photographic highlight of the southern Dolomites, so don’t miss out. Check out the map, photo tips and tricks and be a part of the new Mountain Moments story.

Here the striking rock needle Cimon della Pala (3184m) is reflected. The magnificent views of the Pala Group with its 3185-meter-high rocky peak are the highlight of this hike on the Rolle Pass.

More unknown, but no less impressive, are the views along the Lagorai mountain range where picturesquely rest the natural mountain lakes Colbricon and Cavalazza in the natural park of Paneveggio Pale di San Martino.

This hike combines two short hikes. Photo spot hunters, however, concentrate on the easily accessible section from Rolle Pass to Baita Segantini.
This hike combines two short hikes. Photo spot hunters, however, concentrate on the easily accessible section from Rolle Pass to Baita Segantini
Adored mountain lake in winter time (Baita Segantini).
Adored mountain lake in winter time at Baita Segantini – explore this location. All infos in this article.

Route description Passo Rolle – Baita Sengatini hike

The starting point of this tour is the top station of the Colbricon cable car. First a few steps straight ahead and across the ski slope. Here the hiking trail S2 begins and leads to the Passo Colbricon (1908m).

 At the pass, turn right on path n. E349 and in a few steps reach the Colbricon lakes (1930m) and the mountain hut. A little south of the hut, the path turns towards Cavallazza (2326m). 

Follow this trail uphill and now always along the ridge towards the north and past old military forts to the ski area. Through the ski area follow the signs for Passo Rolle until you reach the pass road. 

Follow the road downhill a few steps to the right and take the road to Baita Segantini on the left. Follow the road or take the shorter path to Baita Segantini. 

The way back to Passo Rolle is identical to the way there. You can instead take the bus back to San Martino di Castrozza or as an alternative to the gondola ride, you can start in San Martino (an additional 400 meters in altitude and about 1.5 hours). 

This is an easy circular hike to Baita Segantini and is suitable for strollers. The Pala Group and the ascent of the peaks are mostly possible by via ferrata. Sensible traverses of the Pala Group require some organizational skills and at least two days.
This is an easy circular hike to Baita Segantini and is suitable for strollers. The Pala Group and the ascent of the peaks are mostly possible by via ferrata. Sensible traverses of the Pala Group require some organizational skills and at least two days. As an easy option for family hikers and landscape photograpgers you can park your car at the Rolle Pas and start from there to Baita Segantini.

Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – Colbricon and Cavalazza lakes and Cimon della Pala peak at Baita Segantini

Photographing at Baita Segantini in front of the froze lake at sunset with fellow bavarian outdoor photographer Sam Oetiker – pro tip: use a person to show the scale.

The most famous photo spot of this tour is at the Baita Segantini. In the lake sparkles the reflection of the Cimon della Pala as well as the Pala Group with the small hut on the lake. A wide-angle lens is the classic perspective here.

 Segantini, Passo Rolle, San Martino, Cima Pala, Palagruppe
Cima Pala in all its glory

 Less known and more natural appearrances are the Colbricon lakes and the small Cavalazza lake.

 In the background of the picture, the Latemar peaks and the massive Marmolata (Marmolada) south face greet you. 

Experienced ski mountaineers start at the Rosetta plateau and photographically focus on the Cimon della Rosetta, the Pala di San Martino or one of the numerous steep gullies.
Experienced ski mountaineers start at the Rosetta plateau and photographically focus on the Cimon della Rosetta, the Pala di San Martino or one of the numerous steep gullies
Also in winter, the views from the ski area to the Pala Group are recommendable.
Also in winter, the views from the ski area to the Pala Group are recommendable

Mountain Moments Photo Workshops provide Photo Tours for everybody, Alpine Experience for beginners and intermediate-level photographers with 3 to 6-hour routes, as well as Summit Experience for more advanced photographers and hikers. We have private workshops and group classes.

More information about your hiking adventure at Passo Rolle in the Dolomites

How to get there by public transport: By train to Trento. Here take the bus to Primiero and continue to San Martino di Castrozza. Alternatively, from the bus station in Trento by direct bus www.sanmartino.com

How to get there by car: From the Brenner freeway to Bolzano, continue via Obereggen, Lavazé Pass, Tescero and Pardatsch over the Rolle Pass to San Martino di Castrozza.

Hike difficulty level: medium

Start/finish: Top station Ces cable car San Martino (coordinates geogr. 46.274256,11.766636). Passo Rolle Seggiovia Segantini (stop, coordinates geogr. 46.297913,11.788965)

Duration/distance: 4h, 10km

Ascent/descent: 805m/660m

Highest point/lowest point: 2326m/1815m

Special hazards:

Meals: Colbricon Hut, Rolle Pass

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